Outreach & Social Justice

Stained glass window

FALL ART SHOW AND SALE

Saturday November 4th from  1-5 pm

Art, Music, Fashion, Food 

  Interested in art? Then please join us on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1-5 pm. This is your opportunity to see what is happening on the art scene and to meet local artists. Or maybe you are looking for a perfect gift for someone special for Christmas?

  Come join us on the main floor of RHUC . New this year is a fashion show modelled by grannies and friends of Hands and Hearts for Africa. Our artists this year include several new faces including a potter and stained glass crafts person. Along with the lively music of the RHUC djembes and the Moore family guitar and keyboard, we will be featuring a talented young harpist called Sebastian.

   Why not treat yourself and your friends to a fun afternoon of art, food fashion and music? $5 entry tickets support the programmes of the Foundation for African AIDS families and can be purchased after the service on Oct 22 or 29 or at the door. We welcome your support!

If social justice / community involvement is a large part of your church experience — or you think it should be or you would just like to explore avenues for involvement; we are the place for you.

Our 'committee' acts on behalf of the congregation to flag important local and global issues and to respond to concerns brought forward by members of our congregation.

We have many community partnerships that put us in touch with the needs of people locally.

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Local MPP and MP Contact information

  For example we:

  • organize monthly donations to the Richmond Hill Food Bank.  Monetary donations can be mailed to 55 Newkirk Rd., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3G4.
  • prepare breakfasts at 2 local schools five mornings a week. 

    We would love to hear from you:

    • If you can toast bread, bagels or English muffins.
    • If you have 90 minutes before school one day a week from 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

 For more information, please contact the church office at 905-884-1301 ext. 5.

  •   This is the tenth  year Hands and Hearts for Africa has been fundraising for the Foundation. We thank you for walking with us and supporting African grandmothers struggling in the midst of the AIDS pandemic.  For more information, please speak to Peg Hiscoke or Donna Harrison.
  •   hold a monthly lunch with members and staff of the Krasman Centre (a drop-in for survivors of the mental health system) This social occasion allows RHUC and the Krasman Centre to get to know each other in a low-key concrete way - the lunches are very popular and often produce enough wonderful food to send back to the Centre to share with people too shy to come out.
  • annually prepare backpacks with daily necessities (warm clothing, socks, mitts and hats, toiletries, and treats) which we supply to the Krasman Centre and Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold Program.
  • prepare a dinner for the Out of the Cold Program hosted by St. Mary's Anglican Church.
  • supported the Pathways - Homebase Program, Scarborough Volunteer Medical Clinic for uninsured refugees, and other projects both here and abroad through our Advent and Lenten givings.
  • were very active locally in advocating on behalf of a Mixed-Income Housing and Community Hub initiative on Yonge Street north of Crosby Avenue. When local opposition threatened to derail this project our church hosted meetings and initiated a network of faith communities who wanted to support this mixed housing proposal. At two recent town Council meetings we dominated the speakers list and spoke passionately about the need for affordable housing and connected services especially for our youth and seniors. All the hard work paid off - Council voted on June 10/13 in support of the programme and highlighted the influence the faith communities had on the process. Never feel you don't have a voice.
  •  a representative sits on the Community Liaison Committee which consulted with the public on this proposal and will carry on as a link between the Region of York and local concerned citizens, faith groups, community groups, service organizations, etc.

We welcome your ideas, involvement and feedback.

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